A petition opposing an order by the National Command and Control Centre (NCOC) imposing limits on conducting indoor activities was dismissed by the Islamabad High Court on Wednesday.
A petition by the Islamabad Marquee Association was being heard by IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah NCOC.
During today’s hearing, the chief justice said it was not the people’s duty to implement standard operating procedures (SOPs) to curb the spread of the virus. “This is a concern concerning the lives of individuals.”
He said that the country’s death toll of more than 7,000 was not due to coronavirus, but because the duties of managing the pandemic outbreak were neglected.”
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The deputy attorney general also came down heavily on Justice Minallah. “The NCOC delegate was summoned for today’s hearing. Where is he?”
The deputy attorney general responded that the attorney general will testify before the judge, which is also a member of the forum.
Attorney General Khalid Jawed Khan, who appeared before the court, said the government was mindful of the current condition of the coronavirus and the welfare of the people was of utmost importance.
The IHC chief justice also commented on the recent Gilgit-Baltistan election and said “discriminatory conduct” was what took place in the area.
“Influential individuals are still taken care of, but after the pandemic, the poor are made to come out in public for demonstrations.”
“Justice Minallah, citing the death of Covid-19 Chief Justice Waqar Seth of the Peshawar High Court (PHC), said We have a lot of hopes from our Parliament. Fifty million people died because of the Spanish flu. No one knows whether or not Covid-19’s next victim is or not.
The premier could have access to better health services, but not the rest of the nation, he added, adding that his next rally had been postponed by the PM. “For some the premier should be an example,” the judge said.
During the hearing, Justice Minallah said that it was important to trust the decisions taken by the national body. “The decision to ban indoor events] has been taken by a national institution; the court can not ask a doubt on this.”
These were extraordinary days, he said, and nobody knew what the future would bring. “In the future, these meetings will also happen,” he said, referring to indoor activities.
Nevertheless, before taking those decisions, he advised the attorney general to meet with marquee owners.
As respondents, the petition included the special assistant to the prime minister on welfare, national health services secretary, deputy commissioner, along with the deputy director (operations) of NCOC as respondents.